Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop (June 18th) signed an executive order for Juneteenth (June 19th) to be added as a formal holiday for Jersey City municipal employees and to be added to the list of holidays where government will be closed. This will be in perpetuity.
Juneteenth is named for the date, June 19, 1865, that news of their Emancipation reached slaves in Texas.
Fulop said in an email “we as a city are embarking on a long term conversation about actionable reform with regards to how we define ourselves as a city. Recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday is a small step in acknowledging the fact that we have had a less than adequate conversation around our country’s history with slavery and the impact it still has on our communities.”
“While the conversation around the country has been largely focused on broad changes to police policy, I know that here in Jersey City we‘ve made progress on police and more, but I’ll also be the first to say that as a city we still have much more work to do. “
Just in the last two weeks with regards to public safety Mayot Fulop’s administration started to take actionable steps. Changing the use of force policies for the JCPD and last week the City Council announced that they are working on broader policy changes. This week, they also took steps to bring in a third party vendor to conduct a large scale de-escalation training for the ENTIRE police department. Beyond Public Safety Fulop’s administration view this as a way that the city can highlight the significance of the day in American History, where we can provoke conversation, and where we can draw awareness around our country’s history on slavery.
JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop announces five “parklets” being installed around the City in an effort to create more public space and enhance the pedestrian experience. The five parklets are mini-parks which will temporarily turn a standard parking space into a place for the public to enjoy with seating, landscaping, lighting, art and more.
“This initiative aims to create an efficient use of space for our community, allowing our pedestrians to take advantage of the green space by relaxing and socializing near businesses, restaurants, and transportation hubs,” said Mayor Fulop. “Through Vision Zero, we are one step closer to reimagining our streets for all of its users, reducing traffic fatalities on our streets, and will use the feedback from this pilot program to determine if the program will be expanded.”
Mayor Fulop Announces Cooling Centers and Water Facilities OPEN For Residents to Cool Off During Excessive Heat & Humidity Today and Tomorrow
Three Cooling Sites to Open; All Park Sprinklers and Pools Are Also Available for Residents
JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Jersey City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) announce that the City is opening three cooling sites as temperatures are expected to remain in the mid- to high 90’s today with the heat index making temperatures feel closer to 100 degrees. The weather forecast indicates that in addition to the high temperatures, people must be aware of increased humidity levels and poor air quality. Continue reading Cooling Centers and Water Facilities OPEN For Residents in Jersey City→
Goal of the Program is to Reduce Juvenile Delinquency through Peer Involvement
Mayor Steven M. Fulop, members of the City Council, and members of the Jersey City justice community will join together with 31 high school students who are the first class of Jersey City Youth Counsel participants at their induction ceremony at City Hall.
The Jersey City Youth Counsel (JCYC) program, is an innovative peer-based model that will train youth to hear low-level, real-life cases involving their peers to prevent future involvement in the criminal justice system. Jersey City is the second city in the state to launch a youth court program and joins more than 1,150 youth courts operating in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
Forecast for Jersey City Overnight into Tomorrow; New Date to be Announced
JERSEY CITY – The Ward A State of the City Address scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, February, 9, 2017 at CityLine Church, 1510 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, has been postponed due to the winter storm forecast for our area. A new date will be announced in a few days.
The other four State of the City Addresses will take place at 6:30 p.m. on each of the following dates:
Ward C, Monday, February 27th, Franklin L. Williams M.S. 7, 222 Laidlaw Avenue
Ward D, Thursday, March 2, Christa McAuliffe School P.S. 28, 167 Hancock Avenue
Ward E, Tuesday, March 7th, Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie Street
Ward B, Tuesday, March 14th, Hank Gallo Community Center, Lincoln Park
JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Jersey City Police Department officials announced today the arrest of 47 individuals on a variety of charges, including a range of narcotics offenses, that resulted as part of multi-agency overnight operation – the second of its kind in two weeks.
The Jersey City Police Department was the lead agency, with cooperation from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
More than two dozen municipal ordinance and motor vehicle summonses were also issued as part of the operation. In total, 82 individuals have been arrested during the recent Jersey City Police Department sweeps.
“For the second week in a row, the Jersey City Police Department has targeted the areas that historically have been the source of ongoing crime problems and used the intelligence gathered to arrest those offenders involved in the drug activity which leads to violence on our streets,” said Mayor Fulop. “By working with other law enforcement agencies, we have been able to combine our resources to send a strong message that we will not tolerate drugs and violence in our neighborhoods.” Continue reading JCPD Leads Second Multi-Agency Operation in Two Weeks; Nearly 50 Arrested on Numerous Charges→